Digital training and capabilities

Published on: 17th July 2013 | Updated on: 7th April 2022

This webpage for pharmacy contractors and pharmacy team members lists some training and development options relating to digital technology subtopics.

  • Apps guide, 6th edition (Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE))

Data security training
Digital capabilities and literacy

A general digital literacy/IT skill training opportunities was made available at:

Additional training and assessment

Health Education England (HEE) resources: Digital capabilities

Health Education England (HEE) are supporting the promotion of digital capabilities amongst healthcare staff. HEE may also support the community pharmacy sector to develop some new digital training opportunities in the future. A number of papers have been produced on their website which explore what is meant by digital literacy and how pharmacy teams can get more out of developing their digital literacy.

HEE have said that:

  • personal digitally capabilities can involve personal development across a range of domains. Reaching proficient levels may help people to more easily acquire and use other skills and competencies.
  • becoming a digitally-literate person involves developing those function skills, plus attitudes, values and behaviours that can be categorised under the elements or domains seen in the image below.

HEE published the Topol Review Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future back in 2019. It made recommendations to enable NHS staff to make the most of innovative technologies such as genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics to improve services. These recommendations were intended to support the aims of the NHS Long-Term Plan, and the workforce implementation plan.

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EPS training

See the ‘Training’ section of Preparing or improving EPS.

NHS Digital Academy

NHS Digital Academy are accepting applications during April 2021 (for courses starting from Sept 2021).

The NHS Digital Academy  (NHS DA) is a virtual organisation set up with the intention of developing a new generation of digital leaders who can progress the digital technology transformation.

NHS DA’s flagship ‘Digital Health Leadership’ programme will be open from 1st April 2021 to 30th April 2021, for Cohort 4 delegates to commence their learning in September 2021.

NHS DA has trained hundreds of people during recent years across three past cohorts. The new NHS DA website provides details about the course, the application process and how to apply. The website also enables you to book onto a webinar to learn more so you can ask past alumni about the programme (webinar slots are listed from April 7th 2021 onwards before the 30th April 2021 deadline). Given the ongoing pandemic, much of the learning may be virtual depending on conditions.

The syllabus will include modules on: implementing change, understanding user-centred design, using data, and digital leadership.

The NHS DA website explains more for those considering applying or recommending and there is criteria such as you will have:

  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in digital health;
  • approx. up to three days per week to be made available for study and learning; and
  • board-level support from a relevant organisation [or equivalent].

For timelines related to the current cohort and past cohorts see the table below:

Cohorts Application window start date Application window close date Learning starts Syllabus
Additional info
Cohort 1 April 2018 2018 Sept 2018 Closed
Cohort 2 April 2019 2019 Sept 2019 Closed
Cohort 3 April 2020 2020 Sept 2020 Closed
Cohort 4 1st April 2021 30th April 2021 Sept 2021


The NHS Digital Academy website explains:

Cohort 4 of the Digital Health Leadership Programme, will be delivered by Imperial College London along with their partners The University of Edinburgh and HDR UK.

Cohort 5 1st April 2022 24th March 2022 Sept 2022 Syllabus details are set out at NHS DA programmes webpage

The NHS Digital Academy ‘Apply now’ webpage explains the :

Cohort 5 of the Digital Health Leadership Programme, will be delivered by Imperial College London along with their partners The University of Edinburgh and HDR UK.

The first cohort of 100 delegates from around the health and care system in England commenced in 2018 and included those who may be charged with leading digital change, from both clinical (e.g. pharmacy professionals) and non-clinical backgrounds. Since then further cohorts have worked through the programme each year. So far, several community pharmacists have worked through the programme.

Learn more about NHS Digital Academy:

If you are a community pharmacist who would like some further information (not answered by NHS Digital Academy website or the NHS Digital Academy team) about how to proceed with applying then please contact

Establishing the NHS Digital Academy is a workstream within the HEE Digital Readiness Programme. The programme was commissioned by NHS Transformation Directorate (which is part of NHSE&I).

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Other training and accreditation information

These include those listed below. You may speak with them about their future digital-related training opportunities.

Information about Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) accreditation can be found here.


Further info

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